If you receive a call or message that appears to be from the ATO asking for your personal information, phone the ATO at 1800 008 540 to make sure it's legitimate. If you think it's fraudulent, report it by sending an email to email@example.com.
For years, scammers have been pretending to be from the ATO, contacting potential victims, telling them that they have a tax debt and that if they don't pay it straight away they will be arrested. These scammers will often request payment through unusual methods, such as cryptocurrency, pre-paid credit cards or gift cards, and will try to keep people on the line until they have paid.
Remember, if you receive a phone call, text message or voicemail threatening arrest or legal action, don't send payment or provide any personal information. Hang up or delete the message. The ATO will never threaten you with immediate arrest or demand payment through unusual means.
If you're not sure if it's the ATO contacting you, phone them at 1800 008 540 to check.
It's also a good idea to know your tax affairs. You can:
- log in to ATO online services through myGov to check your individual tax affairs
- log in to the Business Portal to check your business tax affairs
- contact your tax or BAS agent
- contact us using a phone number on our website – ato.gov.au.
- Help us stop scammers in their tracks by warning your friends and family to stay alert.
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